Huddersfield Town head into the clash of the Roses this afternoon boosted by the return of Alan Lee, Gary Roberts and Alex Smithies, although all three are expected to feature from the bench
Anthony Pilkington, The League one player of the month, is also expected to be passed fit for the game following a tight hamstring that forced him out of the JPT win at Rotherham.
Vital Quotes: Lee Clark
‘We are looking forward to the game and, once again, to having fantastic support. The support we are getting is magnificent and it will be the same at Oldham as we approach what is a tough test.’
‘Paul Dickov has gone in there and done a good job. He has changed the team around and the way they play, they’ve had some positive results and they have been there or thereabouts all season.
They are a threat to anyone on their day, but so are we. I don’t know if Paul was at Rotherham the other night but if he was, he will know that when we play our attacking game like we can we are also a very good side.’
Oldham Athletic Team News:
Oldham boss Paul Dickov could be without striker Warren Feeney for the home clash with derby rivals Huddersfield.
The Northern Ireland international, who scored his first goal for the club in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat to Accrington, jarred and twisted his back in training and the Latics are waiting to hear the extent of the damage.
The player is rated as a major doubt, and Dickov said: ‘It is disappointing because Monday and Tuesday was the best Warren had trained since he arrived at the club.
‘He scored last Saturday, got the monkey off his back and looked sharp and bright.”
Striker Dean Kelly, who has missed the last two games with a groin strain, is fit again, and Dickov has no other major concerns
Player to watch: Chris Taylor
Midfielder who has four goals and three assists to his name so far this season.
Huddersfield Town Team News:
Gary Roberts is back in contention following his broken arm.
Anthony Pilkington is hopeful of being passed fit.
Alan Lee returns from suspension.
Alex Smithies is also expected to return following his thigh injury.
Lee Novak, Tom Clarke and Gary Naysmith remain the only long term absentees
Player to watch: Jordan Rhodes
Back in the goal hunt with two at Rotherham, hopefully its wetted his appetite for more!
Oldham Athletic 0-1 Huddersfield Town
Oldham: Brill, Sheehan, Gregan, Hazell, Whitaker, Holdsworth, Colbeck (Blackman, 67 ), Furman, Parker (Lee, 87 ), Smalley, Abbott
Subs not used: Jacobson, Black, Ollerenshaw, Brooke, Rowney,
Huddersfield: Smithies, Clarke, Williams, Peltier, Clarke, Collins, Roberts, Pilkington ( Ainsworth, 84 ), Kay, Rhodes, Novak ( Robinson, 76 )
Subs not used: Glennon, Butler, Clarke, Berrett, Drinkwater,
Bookings: Abbott, Hazell, Holdsworth (Oldham) Rhodes, Smithies (Huddersfield)
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Berkshire)
Simon Hooper – Referee
Assisting Hooper this weekend will be Colin Harwood and Marc Perry while the fourth official will be Chris Kavanagh.
Oldham 1 – 2 Town
Sat 20 Exeter (h) 15:00
Tue 23 MK Dons (h)19:45
Sat 4 Dagenham & Redbridge (a) 15:00
Sat 11 Brighton (h) 15:00
Sat 18 Brentford (a) 15:00
Sun 26 Hartlepool (h) 15:00
Tue 28 Southampton (a) 15:00